“Put on the new self.” Eph 4:24 NIV
When you entertain wrong thoughts in the privacy of your mind, you may be tempted to excuse yourself by saying, “What harm will it do?” More harm than you know! You become what you dwell on. The Bible says, “Put off your old self…put on the new self” (vv. 22, 24 NIV). You may not want to admit you’re still wearing some of those “old” clothes (attitudes, pastimes, and practices), but the truth is you can’t put on your new ones until you take off the old ones. Furthermore, you can’t hang your old clothes in the closet for a rainy day, or leave them on the floor to be tripped over—you’ve got to get rid of them. “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires…put on the new self, created to be like God…Put off falsehood and speak truthfully…Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up…Do not grieve the Holy Spirit…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (vv. 22-32 NIV). The word for you today is: It’s time to take off your old clothes and put on your new ones.
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